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Smear campaign unleashed against Obamacare cancer victims who speak out

Saturday, April 12, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Obamacare, cancer victims, smear campaign

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(NaturalNews) As the November elections draw nearer and Obamacare continues to ravage American families -- even as President Obama scrambles to try to delay the most controversial portions of the law -- more and more people are speaking out against it, and not because they oppose it politically, per se, but because of its disastrous effects on their lives.

As a result, the administration propaganda machine has been unleashed against many of the most vocal critics, which conjures up images of Stalin's authoritarianism or Hitler's Joseph Goebbels.

Especially hard-hit by Obamacare's requirements and mandates are some of the most vulnerable of citizens -- cancer victims who have seen their treatment and care permanently disrupted.

National Review provides the set-up for this story:

Michigan is a crucial piece on the 2014 U.S. Senate chessboard, and Republicans have a good shot at gaining retiring Democrat Carl Levin's open seat, given Democratic nominee Gary Peters's unpopular House vote for the Affordable Care Act. Yet Peters has hope. The president's unilateral delays in Obamacare mandates have eased planned layoffs by local governments and businesses. Moderate GOP governor Rick Snyder supports the ACA's Medicaid expansion. And the state's liberal news media have largely ignored the estimated 225,000-plus canceled individual policies and the job losses at medical-device maker Stryker.

But Julie Boonstra won't be ignored. So she must be destroyed.

'This law will kill me'

Boonstra, of Dexter, Mich., is a leukemia victim; last fall, she lost her coverage because -- like those millions of other Americans -- her plan did not comply with Obamacare minimum coverage requirements. To comply with the law, her insurance company, like many others, had no choice but to drop her, lest they be in violation of the law by offering a plan that did not meet federal mandates.

Boonstra, however, declined to take the loss lying down. In what is being described as a "devastating" ad, the schoolteacher took her story public, skewering Obamacare and Democratic Rep. Gary Peters' House vote supporting Obamacare. (Note: This is not a Natural News endorsement of chemical cancer treatment; this is merely to demonstrate that an American citizen's right to choose her own treatment has been denied by men and women in government and Congress who have passed a law that does not impact or affect them one iota.)

For her efforts, Boonstra has since been targeted by some of the very same Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act and their allies in the mainstream media. They have tainted her reputation and dubbed her as a liar and an idiot because she wouldn't simply embrace her new government-approved Obamacare plan.

The strategy is the same for all other outspoken female Obamacare cancer victims from other states: massive intimidation meant to silence them or keep them from coming forward in the first place, National Review reported.

Perhaps no one has been more callous in this regard than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; he has claimed -- on the Senate floor, no less -- that "all of" the Obamacare "horror stories" being told "are untrue." This is the same Reid who, during last fall's government shutdown, refused to agree to legislation that would fund cancer treatment for children.

And the compliant Obama media piles on

It's all part of a horribly heartless campaign to get Peters elected to retiring Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin's seat.

"If I do not receive my medication, I will die," Boonstra, who was invited to the State of the Union address as the guest of Representative Tim Walberg, R-Mich., frets in the ad. "I believed the president. I believed I could keep my health insurance plan. I feel lied to. ... Congressman Peters, your decision to vote for Obamacare jeopardized my health."

The media in Michigan and Washington piled on:

-- The Washington Post's "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler knocked Boonstra for not embracing a cheaper a lower-premium, higher-out-of-pocket-cost Blue Cross plan that Democrats (who aren't paying the bills) insist is more affordable.

-- In Michigan, The Detroit Free Press boosted Kessler's claim that Boonstra's statements rated "two Pinocchios."

-- "A Dexter woman's claims in a political ad criticizing U.S. Rep. Gary Peters don't add up," said MLive.com (a consortium of Booth newspapers in the state), which then faulted Boonstra's math skills.






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